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The industrial sector includes manufacturing operations as well as mining and quarrying, which are in many cases activities associated with high water demand levels. Impacts of imbalances in water availability include restrictions on production plans and even plant shutdowns in highly water-dependent operations. Policy responses in this sector have focussed primarily on resource efficiency and circularity approaches and include the Resource Efficiency Roadmap (EC, 2011a) and the Circular Economy Action Plan from 2015 (EC, 2015b)which was recently updated (EC, 2020a)under the EU Green Deal (EC, 2019j). The New Industrial Strategy for Europe (EC, 2020b)that surfaced in March 2020 does not include any clear references to water quantity issues.

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